Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quuu

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Quuu, a hand-curated content suggestion platform that connects to your Buffer queue.

How It Works 

Select from over 300 interest categories to receive suggestions that matter to you and your audience. With the free account, you can choose up to 5 interest categories, get suggestions automatically sent to your connected accounts two times a day (six for a paid account).  Relevant suggestions will be queued to your Buffer where you can choose to manually curate posts yourself or Quuu will post for you.

It’s free to sign up at http://www.quuu.co

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How The American Diabetes Association Unleashed The Streisand Effect

My latest healthcare social media marketing newsletter has just gone out to subscribers. In this week’s newsletter, you can catch up on the controversial decision surrounding the American Diabetes Association efforts to ban tweets at their annual congress.

You can learn more about Twitter’s new look for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite, and WordPress’s new media library for iOs and Android. You’ll also learn about two new features Facebook is rolling out aimed at helping advertisers to reach people who are more likely to take valuable actions towards your business objectives.

Plus regular features:

  • Social Media Quote of the Week
  • Cool Tool
  • Six Things To Know

Read the latest HCSMMonitor and subscribe here. 

Posted in #HCSM, Facebook

Facebook Introduces New Tools For Advertisers

Facebook has introduced two new tools aimed at helping advertisers to reach people who are more likely to take valuable actions towards your business objectives.

The first, value optimization, enables advertisers to optimize their ad campaigns based on purchase value data passed through the Facebook pixel. Value optimization works by using the purchase values sent from the Facebook pixel to estimate how much a person may spend with your business over a seven-day period. The ad’s bid is then automatically adjusted based on this estimation, allowing campaigns to deliver ads to people likely to spend more with your business at a low cost. Value optimization will roll out to eligible businesses over the next few months. Businesses can access value optimization when they create website conversion ad sets that are optimizing for purchases in Ads Manager.

The second, value-based Lookalike Audiences, allows you to include a value column in your customer list, which you can then use to reach new people that look like your highest spending customers. Facebook introduced Lookalike Audiences over four years ago to help marketers reach people likely to be interested in a business based on people who have visited their site or customers added from a Custom Audience.

As Facebook explains:

While Lookalikes are a powerful tool to help grow a customer base, businesses often want to grow specific cohorts of their audience based on the value to their business. In order to provide a more effective solution to do this, we are rolling out value-based Lookalikes globally. With this enhancement, advertisers are no longer limited to creating small groups of audiences based on their spend or LTV prior to creating a Custom Audience. Now, they can include a value column to their entire customer list, which Facebook can use to create an additional weighted signal for people most likely to make a purchase after seeing your ad. Value-based lookalikes can be found across all objectives in Ads Manager or Business Manager.

And advertisers on Facebook will soon have more control over where their ads appear, as Facebook is rolling out several tools aimed at providing more transparency before campaigns go live.  The latest updates will provide advertisers with a list of publishers up front to show where ads might appear via Instant Articles, in-stream ads within Facebook and across the Facebook Audience Network.  This will help provide more transparency for advertisers before campaigns instead of only after. While the tools are now in beta they’ll be rolled out over the course of this year.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: BeFunky

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is photo-editing tool BeFunky.

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

Try it out for yourself at www.befunky.com

Posted in Cool Tool

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Photofeeler

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Photofeeler, billed as the “world’s smartest photo feedback” tool.  I’m intrigued by this free tool designed to help you make the right impression online.

 

Advanced algorithms by Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. mathematicians make Photofeeler a valid scientific tool, not just a toy or game.  Photofeeler’s co-founder has a PhD in Optimization Algorithms and experience writing artificial intelligence for Fortune 500 companies. What Photofeeler does with algorithms and machine learning, is monitor vote quality, detect all manners of voter fraud in real time, and use sophisticated score distribution analysis — accounting for factors like individual voter styles — to optimize the accuracy of test results. The consequence is statistical accuracy far beyond what a small number of votes could normally provide.

How It Works

When you start a test on a photo, other logged-in Photofeeler users (within your selected voter demographic) can see that photo on the voting page in order to give their feedback. When the test is ended, the photo becomes entirely private again.

 

Photofeeler Ranks are a comparison between your photo’s score and all the rest that have been tested on the Photofeeler platform. Photofeeler Ranks are given as a percentile. So, for instance, a Rank of 58% means your photo did better than 58% of photos.

Let me know if you try this tool out – I’d love to hear how you get on with it. 

Sign up at http://www.photofeeler.com

 

Posted in #HCSM

What’s New in Social Media This Week?

My latest healthcare social media newsletter has gone out to subscribers. In this week’s round-up of news and tips:

  • 10 Steps To A Winning Content Strategy

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Creating great content begins with having a clear purpose in mind. Check out my ten step process to get there.

  • Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

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Each year, Mary Meeker, partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, releases a report, described by Tech Crunch as “essentially the state of the union for the technology industry”. Read more about the report in this week’s newsletter.

  • Snapchat Rolls Out New Web Tool To Create On-Demand Geofilter

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Snapchat has introduced a redesigned web tool to make it easier for users to create on-demand geofilters from scratch. Find more details in this week’s newsletter.

  • Instagram Rolls Out Location Stories and Hashtag Stories

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Instagram is rolling out two new features to show you what’s happening around you and find stories related to your interests. More information in this week’s newsletter.

Plus

Your weekly cool tool recommendation, social media quote of the week, and six things you should know in the world of social media.

Read this week’s newsletter and subscribe for regular tips. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Bit.ly

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite free tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Bit.ly, a tool which creates shortened links to track the performance of your content once you promote it. If you create a custom short link for each content promotion campaign, you can track what works well and what doesn’t.

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Also check out Snip.ly  a url shortner tool which allows you to enhance every link you share (whether your own content or someone else’s) with a call to action.

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When people click on the Sniply-generated link, they can view the article you shared and see a CTA.

Both these tools are extremely useful to track how your content is performing and if  you aren’t already using them, I highly recommend you start today.

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Social Spotlight: Claire Whitehouse

This week I am delighted to kick off the social spotlight interview series again with Claire Whitehouse, lead nurse for research at The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and founder of the #WhyWeDoResearch global campaign.


I love the #WhyWeDoResearch campaign. Can you tell us some more about how it started?

CW:  In 2014 I decided to introduce my team to our local population using twitter as our social media platform. I tweeted using our Research and Development handle @JPUHResearch and having explored the use of twitter for a few months prior to this, I had identified that photographs received the most attention, retweets and ‘favourites’. To introduce our team I decided to release one photo, name and job title per day along-with the individual holding a placard upon which they had written the reason why they personally are involved in research. There was born #WhyWeDoResearch. I had intended this would be for the 12 days of Christmas as a Christmas campaign. Within four days Michael Keeling (@keeling_michael ‏) of York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust had picked up on it and from there it became a National campaign, at which point it was extended throughout the Christmas period. By the new year it had reached Canada and Australia and became known globally. Now, two years later it is in 23 countries globally, with >15,000 separate accounts participating and >250 MILLION impressions on the hashtag. I lead the campaign entirely voluntarily and there are other individuals who support this lead eg Hazel Smith who is based in Dublin. I am also involved in the Health and Research through Social Media (HARTSofthepossible) project which aims to drive health research through and using social media.

I really love how you have created these grass-roots campaigns. How did you first get started using social media professionally?  

CW:  The Executive Team at the JPUH decided to set up a Trust twitter account and asked departments to raise a hand if they wished to host a departmental account. The Head of Research and I felt this would be a sensible step to take (being research and development) so I volunteered to host the account and take the plunge (as I felt it was at the time). I recognised that there might be individuals or groups considered ‘hard to reach’ who were missing out on research opportunities and we all know social media is a growing entity. I’d used facebook in my personal life and joined twitter as a social media platform for my professional life

Which platform(s) do you enjoy using the most?

CW:  I focus on twitter as it’s so easy to use and has an extremely large reach. The @wenurses team have a fantastic tool called twitterversity which helps people get started.

That’s fantastic! I can probably guess the answer to this next question, but do tell us more about which topics interest you on Twitter? Do you take part in any particular twitter chats?

CW:  Regular twitter chats are hosted using #whywedoresearch – the topics vary depending on who volunteers or what conversations are happening at the time, this is the beauty of twitter, you can create live chats and people will always be interested. In 2016 we hosted the worlds first research tweetfest in May to coincide with International Clinical Trials Day. We can’t claim entire credit as an idea as it grew (as most things do) from a small idea. I tweeted (from my bed) one Saturday morning 2 weeks before ICTD and asked #whywedoresearch followers if they would like a tweetchat on ICTD. By that afternoon I had 11 individuals offering to host chats and within 48 hours we had set up over 20 chats and coined the phrase #tweetfest. The 2017 tweetfest is over 2 weeks from Monday 15th May and there are 31 chats to choose from.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on social media?

CW: Don’t be scared. Embrace it and go for it.

Finally, would you like to share a favourite quote with us?

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic” _- Albus Dumbledore

Thanks Claire for taking the time to share with us your experience of using social media in your work. I look forward to seeing your campaigns grow and prosper over the coming months. 


Posted in #HCSM

Snapchat 101: What Brands Need to Know [Infographic]

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What does the rise of Snapchat mean for brands? How big is Snapchat’s audience? Is it only for Millennials?

If you’ve been wondering what the answers to these questions are, and how you might use Snapchat in your marketing, then take a look at this new infographic created by MDG Advertising, which outlines some key usage data for Snapchat, along with notes on how brands are using the platform to best effect.

Let’s start by looking at the stats. 150 million people use Snapshat every day, with 400 million snaps sent daily. That’s a bigger daily active user base than Twitter!  Snapchat grew as much in one year as Twitter has in 4 years combined. The app is expected to add twice as many users as Twitter and Pinterest in the next year.

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So what’s the audience demographic? Is it skewed towards Millennials? Right now Snapchat is used most by those aged 25 and under, but adoption by an older demographic is growing.

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Have brands jumped on the Snapchat phenomenon? Interestingly not. The number of brands who say they are currently using the app as part of their marketing strategy is only 5%. This represents a unique opportunity for your brand to be an early adopter and lead the way on the platform.

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Of those brands who have ventured onto the platform, how are they using it?

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So finally, the big question. Is Snapchat right for your brand? If you want to connect with a younger audience, yes, you should probably be engaging on the platform. Otherwise, the advice is to wait and see. Keep an eye on what other brands are doing and start formulating a strategy for when you judge the time is right to jump on board.

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Have you started using Snapchat for your marketing yet? What ways are you using it to engage with your audience?  Or what might be holding you back from establishing a presence there?

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Posted in #HCSM, Twitter

12 Ways To Search For Health-Related Content On Twitter

Twitter’s statistics are mind-blowing. According to Internet Live Stats, every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter which corresponds to over 350,000 tweets sent per minute, 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion tweets per year! So, how do you keep up with all those tweets? Obviously it’s impossible to keep up, but you can handle the avalanche better through a combination of maintaining Twitter lists of the people you follow, health-related hashtags, etc., and using Twitter’s Advanced Search Engine.

While the easiest way to do a search on Twitter is to click the native search facility, you can do so much more with Twitter’s advanced search capabilities. It allows you to narrow down your search using parameters such as specific keywords, language, people, location, and date range. In today’s post, I will show you twelve ways you can use this powerful search engine to search for health-related content on Twitter.

1. Search for a phrase: for example “healthcare social media marketing strategy”.

2. Search for any of these words: for example “healthcare social media” or “healthcare marketing strategy”.

3. Exclude any word: for example “blog”.

4. Search for health related hashtags: for example #hcsm.

5. Search for any specific language.

6. Choose specific accounts to search within.

7. Or find tweets directed to a specified Twitter user or referencing a specific username.

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8. Search for tweets in a specific location or within a specified mile radius of a location.

9. Narrow down your tweets within a specific date range. This is useful if you want to catch up on tweets around a specific conference or event.

10. Discover sentiment around tweets – i.e. whether negative or positive.

11. Find health-related questions. This feature enables you to search for conversations happening locally that you might like to add your expertise to.

12. Choose to include re-tweets in your search. I usually exclude this search parameter, as I prefer to concentrate on original tweets; however it may be useful if you want to see how many times a tweet has been re-tweeted or who is re-tweeting specific tweets.

And here’s a snapshot of my final search results. As you can, I can zoom in on the most popular tweets, or those who are tweeting in real time. I cans also find photos and videos related to my search. I can even save this search, and embed it on my website.

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Considering its capabilities, it is surprising that Twitter’s advanced search engine is so underused. Try using it to create lists, curate content, and as a social media listening tool to find health-related conversations. Once you start, you are sure to find other ways to maximise this powerful search engine to advance your healthcare marketing.